Meet Len Groat

image I was born in London so fortunate to first be inspired by the North Sea pirate station ‘Big L’ in the 1960s. After 5 years on University radio in Wales I was then 24 years old when commercial radio launched in Britain.

We finally broke the BBC monopoly of radio, and I loved my times on Metro Radio in Newcastle and Piccadilly Radio in Manchester. I then found my ‘radio nest’ in the East Midlands on Radio Trent for 17 great years.

But one of my proudest moments was in 1988 when I dreamt-up the name 'GEM' for the first 'gold' station in the East Midlands – Solid Gold GEM AM. I was put in charge of the team, the music and the Dallas jingles – a ‘Dream job’ in radio!
GEM kept me very busy as I looked after the station, the DJs, and found some new ones, including some who are still with us on today’s Solid Gold GEM AM – including that naughty Andy Marriott! It was great fun choosing the oldies and helping create the memorable station jingles in Dallas Texas, (some of which we have now revived plus many new ones!) However, my work meant that on the original GEM I never had a regular show, but I do now!

Every weekday I open up the ‘1960s Café’ at noon (the only one where you can’t get a coffee) and we have an hour of everything Sixties, including many non-hits, our ‘ones that got away’.

Also, you can now join me every Sunday morning from 9am - Noon for ‘Sunday Sunday’. The first hour is easy on the ears songs, followed by an hour of ‘Seventies Sunday’ from 10am and then the final hour is the Sunday edition of the 1960's Café. I’m sure you’ll find some of the songs YOU ‘love’ on the show – I’ve been discovering them since 1960!
HEAR LEN WEEKDAYS AT NOON and SUNDAY 9am - NOON